Aamer v. Obama

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

742 F.3d 1023 (D.C. Cir. 2014)

A prison regulation that is reasonably related to a legitimate penological interest is valid even if the regulation infringes on an inmate’s constitutional rights.

Relevant Facts

Aamer, Belbacha, and Dhiab (the plaintiffs) were confined as detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The plaintiffs went on a hunger strike to protest their imprisonment. In response, the government initiated a force-feeding procedure using nasogastric tubes inserted through each plaintiff’s nose and into his stomach. Subsequently, each plaintiff filed a petition for habeas corpus in district court and filed suit against President Barack Obama and his administration (the defendants). The plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction to stop the force-feeding procedure. The district court denied the preliminary injunction, and the plaintiffs appealed.

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Last updated:

December 2, 2020

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Citations

742 F.3d 1023 (D.C. Cir. 2014)